A Lady Unrivaled is the 3rd book in the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna White.Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of... Read More
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 13, 2016
- UPC: 9780764213526
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 416
- Publish Date: Sep 13, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764213520
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- Entertaining and Romantic by Bookish Bakes on 1/16/2017
I was sent this book in return for an honest review from Bethany House publishing. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this wonderful book in the Ladies of the Manor series. I had no idea that it was the last book in the series, when I first requested a copy to review. However, I was able to keep up nicely with the story line and the happenings of the past books. Considering how much I loved this book, I am tempted to go back and read the first two, The Lost Heiress and The Reluctant Duchess. The character list in the front of the book also helped with figuring out the storyline.
I am always amazed at the lengths that people will go over jewels, gold, or money. The drama between the families and characters was very entertaining to say the least. The way she describes each characters inner struggles had me feeling deeply for them as if they were real. The chemistry between the two main characters Ella and Cayton left me practically begging for a happy ending for them. As an artist, I could relate to Cayton the most and adored his character from the start. While I did not always agree with them, I had to tell myself that this was a completely different time in the world.
Speaking of which, her book made me fall in love with the early 1900s all over again. From the beautiful castles to the early electric fixtures like the chandeliers and lamps, I found myself picturing their home perfectly as if it were right in front of me. While they solve the mystery of the Fire Eyes diamonds, they also have to uphold the traditions and morals of their society. The book began to pick up pace a few chapters in and remained that way until the very last chapter. I really enjoyed seeing the story from different characters points of view. I found myself wanting to warn the other characters after seeing important scenes. It is always fun and frustrating, when reading a book, to find yourself wishing you could help people who are not even real. I would highly recommend this book to any Christian Fiction or Christian Historical fan. It holds a wonderful lesson about how a life of luxury does not always mean happiness or a life free of troubles.
- A Must Read! by MeganHope on 11/6/2016
Do you love a good Regency Romance? Do you like a thrilling suspense? Then A Lady Unrivaled is the book for you! The third, and final installment of, The Ladies of the Manor series, Roseanna White wraps up the mystery surrounding the Fire Eyes. Lady Ella Myerston, unknowingly has the Fire Eyes jewels in her possession. While visiting Brooke and Stafford, she meets up with Lord James Cayton. And later, Lord and Lady Rushworth! From page one your hooked on this thrilling tale, and won't be able to put it down!
- Great Wrap up to the Series by Seasons of Opportunities on 10/4/2016
Last book in the series... Sigh...
I really loved this series and am sad to see it end, but on the up side, this book was an incredible ending!
Roseanna remains one of my favorite authors.
If you haven't read this series, my recommendation would be start with book one and read them all the way through. But each book can be - in and of itself - a stand alone. The whole series revolves around the red diamonds called the "Fire Eyes" and the curse they seem to carry with them. It begins with Brook who, unknown to her, actually owns them. The mystery escalates in each book as those seeking the diamonds get more desperate, daring and dangerous with the passing of time. As the diamonds exchange hands so does the curse that follows them and the tragic impact on those who hold them.
I enjoyed this book from page one to the very last. It kept me captivated and eager to keep reading. I love what Roseanna did with the characters
and how she wrapped up the tale. The villains were a bit unnerving at times, and give you that "chill-bump" feeling. She loads the books with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing just a bit, while some of the story is of course predictable.
I think my favorite part of the Roseanna's writings is the way she incorporates the spiritual into her books. She does it subtly and it fits right into the story, not as an added preachy style. The characters, their faith, how they live that out in their daily lives all encourages and uplifts my heart. I loved Ella's character. She was always optimistic and cheerful, bringing out the best in the people around her. I also liked the character of Felicity the maid. She was content with her status in life and willing to be an encouragement and bring a little happiness to the lives of the people she served, even to the point of self-sacrifice.
I was blessed with a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany Blogging Program in exchange for my honest opinion.
- Third book in Ladies of the Manor series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 9/25/2016
A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White is the third book in Ladies of the Manor series. Lady Ella Myerston wants to help her family with the matter of Fire Eyes. Lady Ella needs to find more information on the red diamonds and gets herself an invite to the Cotswold’s. Her friend has an extensive library and Lady Ella is sure she will find the information she is seeking. Her brother has always protected Ella, but now Ella wishes to help him (since his wife is expecting). Ella runs into Lord James Azerly, the Earl of Cayton. He is staying nearby with his daughter, Addie at Anlic Manor. James’ reputation proceeds him, but he has changed since the birth of daughter (and death of his wife). Unfortunately, Lady Catherine “Kitty” Pratt, her brother, Rushworth, and Kitty’s maid Kira arrive. Rushworth wants Fire Eyes and is willing to do anything to get them. Lord Pratt, Kitty’s husband, had promised them a buyer and had even taken an advance payment for the diamonds. Rushworth is pressuring James into helping him by using Lady Ella. Unknowingly (at first), Lady Ella has the red diamonds and wears them in front of Rushworth. Mayhem is sure to ensue at they try to keep the red diamonds out of Rushworth’s hands.
I decided to describe the mystery and intrigue portion of the novel instead of the romance (which was very expected). I found A Lady Unrivaled to have a slower pace than the first two novels in the series. A Lady Unrivaled can be confusing if you have not read the first two books (The Lost Heiress and The Reluctant Duchess). The book does contain the requisite, predictable romance. Actually, more of the novel is devoted to the developing romance between Ella and James than to Fire Eyes. The writing is good, but I found the ending to be anticlimactic. I give A Lady Unrivaled 3.5 out of 5 stars (It was okay). I just did not think A Lady Unrivaled was as enjoyable (interesting, entertaining) as the first two books in the series. I did find the tale of Fire Eyes to be fascinating.
I received a complimentary copy of A Lady Unrivaled in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
- A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna White by Tina on 9/21/2016
A Lady Unrivaled #3 Ladies of the Manor Series***** by Roseanna M. White
A Lady Unrivaled is book 3 in the Ladies of the Manor Series. Set in 1913 England, The Cotswolds, Ralin Castle where Lady Ella Myerston is visiting her good friend Brook—Duchess of Stafford. Ella has very specific reasons for visiting Brook and is determined to keep her reasons to herself...for now. She had me chuckling when she was...well, sneaking around the castle to get to the massive library (ooh, what a library it is!) unnoticed. Now why would she want to get to the library unnoticed?...she—I am not saying. I love Ella's heart—full of love for her family, friends and God—overflowing on all she does, her optimism in all situations, gentleness and grace, loving and compassionate, joyfulness, ready smile and laughter, brave and oh so mischievous. I think her optimism and smiles bothered some, which may be why she is thought to be unaware of what is going on around her. However, she has chosen to find joy in all things and is far more aware of things than others realize. She is also determined to keep those she loves out of danger and from more tragedy—a danger that seems to follow the mysterious gems...the “fire eyes”.
Oh so handsome James Azerly—Earl of Cayton lives not far from Ralin Castle with his nine month old daughter, Lady Adelaide—or Addie. Addie is a precious little girl that captures the hearts of those around her—she certainly captured mine. James is a complex man, his past is not one he is proud of. However he is a changed man after giving his heart and life to Jesus, he—with God's help—has changed his way of life to a godly one, but his past won't let him be and he has questions. I appreciate that we can see how he struggles with the “old” man he once was and the “new” man he is now. I love his heart, integrity, love and devotion to his daughter. I especially love the interaction between Ella and James!
It was great to revisit many of the characters I fell in love with in the first two books and learn of their lives since then. Plots get more dangerous with even more daring attempts to obtain the mysterious “fire eyes”. I had my suspicions as to who actually was responsible for the evil lurking about, the escalating dangerous situations Ella, James and their loved ones found themselves in. Certain characters are not who they appear to be, to their own advantage of course. Surprise developments in the storyline, twists and turns, and unexpected dangers kept me reading—holding my breath at times, just one more chapter and then another chapter. At certain parts of the story I found myself laughing and crying at others. I appreciate the inspirational elements woven throughout the story—learning to trust ones-self and God, redemption, intrigue, forgiveness, joy, suspense, danger, love, betrayal, faith and a surprising ending. The descriptions of the era are such that I could envision the country-side, castles, walking alongside Ella as she strolls in the woods and the clothing—I felt as if I walked among the characters. I appreciate the list of characters and their relationships in the front of the book. A Lady Unrivaled is a gripping, heartwarming story that will stay with the reader—this reader at least—long after the last page.
~I received a copy of the book from the publisher, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
- A Stunning End to a Legacy of Strong Women by SignGirl58 on 9/21/2016
Roseanna M. White's "A Lady Unrivaled" exceeded my high expectations! I started with book two of the Ladies of the Manor series, but this final lovely lady's story is even better than that of both Brook and Rowena. (I would suggest starting with book one, "The Lost Heiress," in order to best understand the characters and the impact of the cursed Fire Eyes diamonds, which consistently leaves death and destruction in their wake.)
Lady Ella Myerston is the epitome of cheerfulness, but now has fallen into a terrible predicament: patiently hide her love for one man while maneuvering around a dark-hearted man who threatens to destroy her world. Initially Ella tries to discover the mystery of the evasive diamonds, but she is soon trying to uncover household spies and decide between befriending or evading past acquaintances, Catherine and Rushworth. White spins most of the story around the Staffords, Lady Ella, and Lord Cayton, but the depth of new or adapting characters is enthralling: Kira, a Russian ballerina, has been placed in Lady Pratt's household to report the location of the priceless diamonds; in "The Reluctant Duchess," Lady Pratt unashamedly used people for personal benefit, but her state of brokenness in "A Lady Unrivaled" could be a trap; Lord Rushworth wears a mask that is nearly impossible to read. Get ready to be swept into the story and please pick up a You won't be disappointed! Get a copy of each of the Ladies of the Manor books. You won't be disappointed as you get swept away in the lure of the Fire Eyes diamonds!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.
- A Lady Unrivaled by kp on 9/16/2016
On the opening pages of Unrivaled, the latest from Roseanna M. White, you will find Lady Ella Myerston at Ralin Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Stafford. While Ella is visiting this family, she is also attempting to discover all she can about the Fire Eyes, the diamonds that almost caused the deaths of both her brother, Brice and his wife, Rowena. Ella is determined to do all she can to keep her family safe from any potential danger!
Ella is surprised when she literally runs into Stafford's cousin, Lord Cayton, another visitor at the castle. As Ella and Clayton become acquainted and learn more about each other, Clayton quickly warns Ella to use caution with her obsession to learn about the Fire Eye diamonds. When Ella realizes that the family ruby earrings that she borrowed from Rowena are actually the Fire Eye diamonds, she and Clayton know that Ella must find a place to safely store them. When Lord Rushmore suddenly enters the scene with his sister, Catherine, Ella and Clayton realize the importance of keeping these diamonds out of sight, because Rushmore's sole desire is to acquire the Fire Eyes, no matter the cost!
On the final pages of this book, as you follow this fast-moving tale; you wonder how all of these characters will be affected in the pursuit of these gems!
- Perfect Ending to This Series by Suzie on 9/13/2016
Have you ever been in that place where you really want to read a book because you know it’s going to be wonderful while at the same time you really don’t want to because you don’t want it to end? That’s exactly who I felt as I read A Lady Unrivalved, the third and final installment in Roseanna M. White’s Ladies of the Manor series.
Readers met Lady Ella Myerston briefly in The Lost Heiress and got to know her more in The Reluctant Duchess. Now she gets her own story.
Loved. This. Book. The bubbly, optimistic personality of Ella perfectly offsets the negative, surly, taciturn (see how I got that Pride & Prejudice reference in there?) attitudes of Lord Cayton (who also made appearances in the previous books in this series).
Catching up with the Duke and Duchess of Stafford (Justin and Brook) was a treat, and Brice and Rowena (Duke and Duchess of Nottingham) also make an appearance.
The heart of this story is in the personal journeys of both Ella and Cayton. After Ella’s best friend went mad, she doesn’t trust her instincts. How could she not have noticed Stella losing her mind over Ella’s brother? And Cayton’s past traps him. Though he strives to become a better man, he is constantly concerned about returning to his old ways and he’s absolutely certain he’s not deserving of someone as good and pure as Lady Ella.
Through a scheme to rid both the Staffords and Nottinghams of the cure of the Fire Eyes (red diamonds from India), Ella and Cayton’s time together grows their attractions. While Ella’s determined to push past pretending, Cayton’s set on keeping both feet firmly planted in the façade.
This book is the perfect ending to the trilogy. The adventure of the Fire Eyes keeps the story moving along with intrigue while Cayton and Ella’s relationship grows around it. A beautifully written Edwardian series, the Ladies of the Manor now have a permanent home on my bookshelf.
***Bethany House Publishers and Roseanna M. White provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.